A Swamplot reader noticed that demolition crews are now trashing the conference center at the abandoned ExxonMobil Chemical Company headquarters next to Terry Hershey Park, leaving a grizzly roadside scene along Memorial Dr. “More concerning,” writes the reader, “is that they drained the ponds and did not relocate the waterfowl.“
At least it’s still theirs to call their own — until PM Realty finds new tenants to replace the Exxon employees that left the property starting in 2014. Without anyone around to disturb the wildlife for now, “They are swimming in the tiny little bit of water left and otherwise just hanging out,” like so:
Previously-underwater infrastructure makes a pretty good perching place once you get used to it:
So do land vehicles:
The water at the complex — renamed Republic Square — runs between the dying conference center and the main office building, still standing closer up to the Katy Fwy. on the north side of the 35-acre site:
PM Realty scrapped its mixed-use plans for the complex in 2016 — 2 years after buying it from Exxon — because oil companies were contracting and hurting the office market. Boxer Property came on board to handle the new renovation plans, geared toward refilling the existing office buildings as opposed to building anything new.
- Previously on Swamplot: The Continuing Untold Story of What Happened When ExxonMobil Moved North; Snuck Preview of the ExxonMobil Campus’s Energy Center, the Glass Front Gate with the Hovering Cube; Aerial Pix of ExxonMobil’s Massive New North Houston Campus Construction Site, Where Employees Are Already at Work; Employees Are Moving into ExxonMobil’s New North Houston Campus Now; The Natural Spaces Being Built into the ExxonMobil Campus; ExxonMobil Looking for Buyers for Park-Adjacent Chemical Headquarters